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I am one of four children. I am the youngest daughter and have a younger brother. My poor brother grew up with three mean sisters who loved to tease him. But we all loved each other very much and enjoy spending time together as adults. My brother Eric is really the genius of the family. Oh, my sisters and I are smart too. All of us have college degrees. But Eric excels in all things scientific. He has two bachelor's degrees in astronomy and physics. He is currently working on his doctorate in astrophysics.
I really enjoy this time of year. Christmas and New Year's means spending time with family and friends, playing games, dancing and enjoying good food and drinks. New Year's Eve is one of my favorite holidays because I enjoy a good party. I also love to try new drink recipes and indulge a fancy cocktail, which I only do at this time of year. Below are a few of my favorite drink recipes for New Year's Eve. The Zangle 1 oz. vanilla vodka (I use Stoli's Vanilla, but use whatever brand you want) ½ oz. triple sec 1 oz. orange juice 1 oz. half and half
Veterans, their families and survivors receiving disability compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1. "We're pleased there will be another cost-of-living increase for veterans, their families and their survivors," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "The increase expresses in a tangible way our nation's gratitude for the sacrifices made by our service-disabled and wartime veterans."
The Raiders raised their conference dual meet record to 3-0 with a convincing 58 to 15 victory over the Otter Tail Bulldogs. Their overall record is now four and two. The only two losses came to ranked teams, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus ranked eighth in class AA and Barnesville ranked ninth in class A. BHV came out with nine pins, seven of them in the first period and the other two were second period pins. Ethan Kimber also had an 11-1 major victory. 106 Marc Hendricks (OTC) pinned Brayden Bertram :40 113 Anthony Kern (BHV) pinned Alex Erlandson 2;38
The Wolverines fell to the Eagles when they hosted New York Mills in wrestling action Dec. 17. The Eagles won the majority of their matches due to forfeits. Lee Hotakainen, Isaac Malone and Brandon Monson claimed victories for the Wolverines. New York Mills 45, Wadena-Deer Creek 30 106: Nick Hendrickx (N) wins by forfeit 113: Jeremiah Harper (N) wins by forfeit 120: Riley Seifert (W) wins by forfeit 126: Lee Hotakainen (W) pinned Charlie Fox 3:31 132: Johnny Flynn (N) wins by forfeit 138: Tyler Ehnert (N) wins by forfeit
The Verndale lady cagers clobbered Swanville Dec. 16 with a decisive victory of 67-16. The Bulldogs were no match for the Pirates, who took an early lead in the first half. The Pirates' top scorer was Shania Glenz, with 21 points. Krista Dailey followed with 12 points. Jordyn Glenz netted a respectable 8 points. The Bulldogs struggled in the first half, netting just 4 points by Brooklyn Thieschafer and Steph Koetter.
Pequot Lakes proved victorious against the Blue Devils Dec. 17. The Patriots took an early lead in the first period, putting up goals at the 14:24 and 10:37 marks. The Blue Devils answered back with a goal by Zara Einerwold at 8:57, assisted by Kylee Helling. The Patriots scored twice more in the first at 6:13 and 5:31. The Blue Devils rallied with a powerplay goal scored late in the first by McKenzie Christianson, assisted by Kylee Damm. The scoreboard ended in the first 4-2 in favor of the Patriots.
The Wadena ladies fell to Pelican Rapids Dec. 17 with a final score of 74-43 in favor of the Vikings. The Vikings dominated in the first half, scoring 39 points to the Wolverines 17. The Wolverines battled back in the second half, netting 26 points, but the Vikings held their lead with an additional 35 points to clinch the victory. Vikings' Mackenzie Korf led with 29 points. Grace Forsgren also put up double digits, earning 12 points.
10 years ago Excerpts from the Dec. 25, 2003 Pioneer Journal • Officer involved in Dec. 9 shooting returns to duty. A Wadena police officer involved in a shooting on Dec. 9 returned to active duty. Investigation results haven't come back from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Wadena Police Sgt. Tom Crawford returned to active duty 10 days after he was involved in a shooting incident.
This year's Empty Stocking Talent program was a huge success, raising $13,390 for needy children. The talent show took place Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School commons. Pastor Nate Loer, from Immanuel Lutheran church, began the program with an invocation. A variety of singers, bands, choirs, guitarists and pianists performed at the show, which aimed to raise funds to purchase toys and clothing for children in need at Christmas.